818 - 03/12 - U.S. EPA Sewage Rules - California

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a Fact Sheet for the

California No Discharge Zone Prohibiting Vessel Sewage in all California Marine


Effective 28 March 2012 the following vessels will be prohibited from discharging all

sewage, whether treated or not, while in California marine waters:

• Large Passenger Vessels of 300 gross tons or greater that have berths or overnight

accommodations for passengers.

• Large Oceangoing Vessels of 300 gross tons or greater, including private,

commercial, government, or military vessels equipped with a holding tank with remaining

capacity or containing sewage generated prior to entry in to California marine waters.

Members are urged to review the Fact Sheet below;

www.epa.gov/region9/water/no-discharge/pdf/CaNdzFinal-RuleFactSheet3-28-12.pdfSource of Information


Robert Shababb


Thomas Miller Americas


Staff Author